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Mad Max

In a postapocalyptic future, jaded cop Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) is ready to retire. But his world is shattered when a malicious gang murders his family as an act of retaliation, forcing a devastated Max to hit the open road seeking vengeance. As he travels the Australian outback's empty stretches of highway, he tours the bloodstained battlegrounds ruled by marauding bikers who feed on violence.
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NYT Critics' Pick
Motorcycle gangs dominate future Australia. Pulverizingly brutal and violent. Read the review
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Overnight, Mad Max went from being a U.S. cult hero to a mainstream figure, and Mel Gibson's place in the firmament was secured.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews  full review
Stunts themselves would be nothing without a filmmaker behind the camera and George Miller, a doctor and film buff making his first feature, shows he knows what cinema is all about.
Variety, Variety  full review
Some of the most determinedly formalist filmmaking this side of Michael Snow.
Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader  full review
The tone sometimes wavers into self-parody, and there are occasional crude patches, but overall this edge-of-seat revenge movie marks the most exciting debut from an Australian director since Peter Weir.
Derek Adams, Time Out  full review
Mad Max is ugly and incoherent, and aimed, probably accurately, at the most uncritical of moviegoers.
Tom Buckley, New York Times
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